Felipe Fraga

Educator & Performer

Originally from Curitiba in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, Los Angeles-based percussionist Felipe Fraga began playing percussion at age 9. He studied at the Fine Arts and Music School of Paraná (EMBAP), and performed with local orchestras, big bands and marching bands including the MPB Orchestra of Curitiba along with artists Arthur Moreira Lima, Altamiro Carrilho, Joel Nascimento, José Canuto and Roberto Gnatalli. After moving to the United States in 2001, he has performed and/or recorded with Robert Irving III, Wallace Roney, Orbert Davis, Victor Goines, Yolanda Adams, Janelle Monáe, Stanley Clarke, Aloe Blacc and opened for renowned acts including Vinicius Cantuária, Daniela Mercury and Bajofondo.

Felipe was a featured percussionist for Robert Irving III's "Sketches of Brazil" project that debuted at Millennium Park in Chicago. He has lent his musical talents to brand advertising for McDonald's and Nestle, to event properties that include the World Music Festival Chicago and Oprah!, Disney's Viva Navidad! and to the movie soundtrack to Blue Sky Studios' Rio 2.

Felipe founded and previously directed Unidos do Quilombo Brazilian percussion ensemble in residence at the Quilombo Cultural Center of Chicago. Felipe has taught Brazilian percussion at the Chicago Public Schools, the Music Institute of Chicago, Capital University's Conservatory of Music in Ohio and DePaul University's School of Music.


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Felipe Fraga